100 Years Ago: J. W. Johnson’s Bill for Woman Suffrage, Poster for Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve, Letters of Thanks, David Ketcheson Wounded

The Intelligencer February 28, 1917 (page 1)

“ ‘I have no hesitation in saying that the Government endorses the principles of the bill now before the House and assumes full responsibility for it, and I call upon my supporters to vote in its favor, and I take the full responsibility as leader of the House for what that bill will entail.’ In these words Sir William Hearst yesterday announced the determination of the Ontario Government to make woman suffrage an accomplished fact in the Province—to give to women a voice in the management and control not only of municipal affairs, but the larger questions in Provincial Government.

The Prime Minister was speaking upon the second reading of the bill introduced by J. W. Johnson, Conservative member for West Hastings, and his endorsation of the principle of the measure was greeted by vigorous applause from both sides of the House. There were a few scattered handclaps from the crowded galleries, but the ladies there were very careful of House decorum and vented their enthusiasm in broad smiles and whispered congratulations. …

Throughout the debate most of the members carried in their buttonholes yellow daffodils that the ladies distributed to all the desks before the House opened. Attached to each was a card, asking the member to wear the ladies’ colors and vote for franchise extension.

All the members of the Cabinet, except the Prime Minister, put on the ‘colors’ when they took their places. Sir William gave them a little spell of fear by putting his flower to one side, but he fixed it to his coat as he sat down, after making his announcement.”

The Intelligencer February 28, 1918 (page 6)

“The Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve. Men are required of good character and good physique, for service Overseas, in the above force, with the Imperial Navy, for the period of the war.

Candidates must be the sons of natural born British subjects; between 18 and 38 years old, at least 5 feet 3 inches in height, and 33 inches chest. No previous sea experience necessary.”

The Intelligencer February 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Canadian Red Cross Society, Belleville Cheese Board District Branch. Letters acknowledging shipments, have been received from Lady Jekyll of St. John’s Ambulance Society; Nursing Sister C. Geen, No. 3 General Hospital, Boulogne, France; also about fifty letters from boys overseas acknowledging parcels received. The following are a few received recently:

France, Jan. 3, 1917. Dear Madam,—Just a line in receipt of your parcels from the Red Cross Cheese Board and the Belleville ‘Y’ which I have received O.K.; and thank you very kindly for the same. I also received one from the Daughters of the Empire some time ago. I should have answered sooner but sometimes we are up against it a little. Little things could be a little more comfortable at times. We are having pretty cold weather here just at present, also some snow and our billets are not any too warm, so if we want to write very much we have to stop and warm our fingers over our candles, which are very useful. We often make coffee, tea and fry eggs in a mess tin over a candle.

The socks and cigarettes are fine and I am sure they are always appreciated by the boys, also the shirt from the old Belleville firm, Deacon Bros. I again thank you very kindly. I remain, ‘A SOLDIER.’ …

Dear President and Members:—Words fail to express my appreciation for your welcome box received on Dec. 25th. It came at an opportune time, having not received any pay for nearly three weeks, the tobacco came in all right, naturally a few of my comrades also shared in a few of your treats. Coming from Belleville as they did, the eats and tobacco had a special flavor.

Wishing you and the members every success, we soldiers surely appreciate such kindness, and only those away from home and surroundings, know the full joy in receiving gifts from Canada. Extend my heartiest thanks to all the members, my best wishes for the future. Sincerely, ‘A SOLDIER.’ “

The Intelligencer February 28, 1917 (page 7)

“David V. Ketcheson Wounded in Action. The following telegram from the Record Office, which explains itself, was received this morning. Ottawa, Feb. 27th. H. F. Ketcheson, 231 Albert Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that Lieut. David Vanderwater Ketcheson, infantry, reported wounded, February twenty-second, nineteen hundred and seventeen. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Record Office.

Lieut. Ketcheson is the second son of Mayor H. F. Ketcheson, of this city. He enlisted in the 21st Battalion, about two years ago. He was three months ago transferred to the 38th Ottawa Battalion, in which he was serving when he received his wounds. The young officer is very popular in this city, and his many friends will hope that his wounds will not prove to be of a serious nature.”